Sunday, October 27, 2013

Countdown to 30: It's Here


Well, it's no longer a countdown... 30 is officially here! 

Today has been perfect. After a very busy weekend of celebrating, spending my actual birthday on the couch, in my PJ pants, snuggled with my hubby and kitties has been the best way to spend it. 

I can't believe I'm 30. Everyone keeps asking me if I feel any older and really, I don't. It's going to be weird saying I'm 30 now, but I'm looking forward to everything that is going to come in my 30's. 

If you would have asked me 10 or even 5 years ago what my life would be like at 30, I would have told you something alot different than what is actually happening now and that's ok. I've had the time of my life getting to where I am now and know that it will only continue to get better. 

Here's to 30 and all the good things to come!


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Friday, October 25, 2013

Countdown to 30: Birthdays Past

I intended to blog more this week with more Countdown to 30 posts but time got away from me! This is one that I HAD to share though :) 

So, in honor of my 30th birthday party being TOMORROW, here are my pictures from some of my past birthdays.... 





Please make sure to notice the cat shirt in this picture... haha





Yes, having a birthday on October 27th, usually meant my party was a Halloween party. Pretty much all the birthday parties I remember were dress up parties. 








More cats!! haha


God, what was I thinking??? This had to of been 4th or 5th grade. Ugh, horrible.



Again... what in the world??? That was my "i just got my own phone line!" face!




In middle school I went through a smiley face phase...?!



This one I know was 10th grade because of the 2000 on our shirts. My birthday has ALWAYS revolved around football season. I was in marching band in HS so we always celebrated my birthday Friday night after the football game either IHOP, Bennigans or Chilis. Those were the only things open at 11pm after the games. This would also explain the ribbons in our hair and matching shirts!



This was 12th grade. My birthday week fell on Kiss a Senior Day so those were our shirts we made. 



I think this was my 20th birthday...



Oh and the infamous 21st... this was apparently before I knew about the straightener??? We made our way around the square in Denton getting our free shots... ha






This was 2007. My first birthday post major break up. I drank a whole bottle of wine at Ren Fest and ended up not making it to my birthday night. 



2008 - first birthday with John! 




And my 29th birthday last year :) 



I'll be back next week to add on pictures from my 30th!!!

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Countdown to 30: Things I've Learned



The "Countdown to 30" posts continue! I decided to devote todays post to 30 things I've learned in my 30 years. This year especially was a big learning year for me, good and bad. I know that I will continue learning over the course of my life, but I'm hopeful that the hard life lessons are over with for awhile. These are in no particular order and are things I'VE learned. They may not apply to you, but who knows, maybe they will and you'll learn something new too.


Sometimes things turn out differently than you think and that's ok. It's better that way.

Family and friends will let you down. Learn from it and move on.

You will let people down. Apologize, learn from it and move on.

In the words of Bob Marley "Every little things, gonna be alright"

God will never give you something you can't handle.

It's ok to embrace your weirdness

Everything happens for a reason

Money isn't everything but a savings account and 403B are necessary

Take lots of pictures and not just on your phone

Things you want are worth fighting for

Pets can be your best friends

Unconditional Love - you'll know when you find it

It's ok to splurge every once in awhile.

Date nights and nights in on the couch are both essential

Be open to trying new things. You'll never know what you're missing out on until you try it

Be open to new friendships

Change is good

Complaining gets you no where - get up and do something about it

Hangovers get worse the older you get

Hating your job can make your whole world miserable

Having a job you love means you never have to go to "work"

Don't try to be someone you aren't

There will always be someone who has less than you - be grateful for what you have

Jealousy gets you no where

Don't live beyond your means

Planning your wedding before you're actually engaged will always turn out bad

Don't dye your hair

Manicures and pedicures every 2 weeks are definitely ok to have in your monthly budget

Travel! See as much of the world as you can while you still can

Student loans are worth it for that college education






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Monday, October 21, 2013

Countdown to 30: My 29th Year

I'll be 30 on Sunday and honestly I still can't believe it. I thought I would do some posts this week with the theme "Countdown to 30."

Last year I did a re-cap of my 28th year so I thought I would do it again this year! I love to look back on all I've done and accomplished in a year and my 29th was a HUGE one!


1. I started my 29th year with a fun birthday dinner/party with my birthday twin Dan!




2. I celebrated my bachelorette party!




3. John and I got legally married here in Houston and had a post ceremony lunch at Maggianos with our families




4. We spent 10 days in Cancun with 35 of our closest family and friends for our wedding/honeymoon!




5. I became Mrs. Ryan!!!!



6. We spent our first Christmas married in Ft. Worth with my family - and had a white Christmas!



7. John and I celebrated 5 years together.




8. I opened an Etsy shop! I am thrilled with how this has turned out! I don't ever plan on making this a full time thing, but it's nice to have some extra money and help brides along the way!




9. I got a new job! Besides getting married, this is the biggest thing for me this year. I am SO happy with where I am now!




10. We did a major overhaul on our kitchen.  New granite countertops, backsplash and some new decorations gave our blah kitchen a major facelift.




11. I spent a week in Denver for work. I met people from all over the US who do the same thing I do every day and I learned so much about my new job and myself while I was there.




12. We spent a week in Gulf Shores with good friends. I really want to make this a tradition!!




13. We spent 6 days in New York City. Food, family, sightseeing, and a wedding made for a very busy time in NYC, but so much fun being back where we got engaged!



14. John and I both got new cars - John got a new jeep and I got a new Accord a few weeks ago!




Of course, there were so many more things that have been done over the last year, but these are the things that stand out. Getting married and starting a new job has kept me busy and one very happy almost 30 year old :)

Stay tuned for the rest of my Countdown to 30 posts!



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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

NYC Recap: Day 5

Our last day in New York was wedding day, the whole reason we visited in the first place! The wedding wasn't until 7:30 so we got up early, and rode the train to Woodside to visit John's grandparents on his mom's side. They've recently been diagnosed with dementia and haven't been doing too well, so it was really nice to see them and visit with them for a little bit. I think John and I are officially pros at the subway now. We navigated it so well even outside of Manhattan! 






After our visit with them, I had a hair appointment at Dry Bar to get my hair done for the wedding. Of course I had to snap pics of the sights on the way there. haha




The Dry Bar was inside the Le Parker Meridien hotel. Boy was it nice!!! I had the BEST customer service at Dry Bar and can't wait to try out the brand new one that just opened in Houston.  






After the appointment, I went back to the hotel, John and went and grabbed us a pizza for lunch since we hadn't eaten all day and then it was time to get ready for the wedding. I ended up having to put my hair halfway back because it was SO humid and hot that day. By the time I had gotten back to the hotel it had frizzed up on top :( But, I still love the way it turned out. I did my makeup myself after Sephora told me they would charge me $50 to get it done!






The wedding was at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers. OMG, it was AMAZING! The view was just outstanding. The ceremony took place on the Pier overlooking the Hudson and you could see Jersey in the background! It was a gorgeous wedding! 




{the ceremony setup}


{John's Nanny and cousin}


{John's 2 uncles, his dad and his Nanny}


{Michael and Meaghan}

{John's parents}


{John with his parents and youngest sister, Katie}






{John's cousin, Bobby, and Katie}

{Kaylee and Bobby}






{amazing band they had!!}






It was such a fun night! In fact, I had a little too much fun ;) I'm pretty sure we didn't get back to the hotel until after 2 and then our room key wouldn't work. I had to sit and wait outside the door with all of our hangover necessities while John went back downstairs. And I did what any other drunk person would do, I documented it. haha



I have no pictures from Sunday because I was majorly sick all day. I had a visit with the toilet Sunday morning before we left for the airport and was miserable all day. I would not recommend riding in a NYC cab or flying with a severe hangover ;) 

But we had another fantastic trip to New York and will be back soon!

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